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Thu, Jan. 11th, 2018, 03:33 pm
and i have a lot of faith in physical therapy...

i honestly think so far physical therapy has helped my form in bodypump class...

i have always noticed that during the squat track...
i always ended up having this un even foot stance.
my right foot being slightly bit behind.
in the past i would try and keep my feet even...
but it never ended up feeling comfortable for me...
so, i ended up reverting back putting my right foot slightly behind..

in physical therapy while it was my ankle i went in for...
a lot of the exercises they have made me do
has to deal a lot with single leg exercises
dealing with my hip flexors and abductors...

yesterday i attended bodypump for the first time
after being absent for a couple of weeks
my ankle just wasnt feeling physically well.
but i feel i ended up crossing this hurdle
and for the first time...
i ended up feeling great improvement..
yeah, sometimes it takes GREAT discipline
to back off...

anyways, in bodypump class last night...
during the squat track...
i had been so surprised looking down at my feet...
that they were at an even stance...
and i remained at an even stance thru out the whole track...
that felt like a significant moment for me...
and i honestly believe it has to deal with physical therapy...
it helping me fix some of my muscular imbalances...

attended bodycombat class too yesterday.
and OMG, i prolly should have not done some of the moves...
as my physical therapist mentioned that i need to
EASE into running. but running in place in bodycombat last night...
just felt so good to me...
the last time i took bodycombat class several weeks ago...
i think during thanksgiving - oh man, so painful...
decided not to attend that class after that..
i have not gone running once since the marathon...
last night was the closest thing i experienced so far...
i know it. i'm eager to start running again...
but i gotta show some discipline...
and ease into first..

after this week...
i have two more weeks of physical therapy to go..
i'm gonna miss it.
my first day at physical therapy...
i loved the thorough assessment they did on me...
and i have viewed my training with them to be beneficial...
and i know that i am going to continue
with the various physical therapy exercises after its over...

Wed, Dec. 20th, 2017, 09:51 pm
Physical therapy...

right so, the other day was my first time going in for physical therapy for my ankle.
Mind you, i initially had a negative attitude about it due to my own past experience with physical therapy.
I remember after i had knee surgery...
i had to go thru physical therapy afterwards and i remember my experience feeling LAME.
i'm like thinking to myself that I can do these exercises on my own,
BUT this experience the other day turned out to be TOTALLY different.
REAL educational and an eye opener.

Right so, i'm there because of my ankle.
my ankle, the pain hasnt gone away.
i can not do any activities that puts stress on it.
i can walk and be on my feet fine...
but any type of running, hopping, etc...
it immediately causes me pain.

So, i go into physical therapy
but not only do they focus on just my ankle...
but my whole entire lower body.
essentially, my first meeting was an evaluation testing out my strengths and weaknessess.
and in a lot of ways, it reminded me of my last personal training session i had a while back, but i feel this was more sophisticated, more in depth. but my personal training session back then... was just a free one day trial thing. How in depth would if it had been if i actually paid?? At any rate, she's testing me out. comparing my left and right side of my body. and while i always thought i always had a lot more strength in my right leg... due to my quad muscles being THAT much more bigger with more significant amount of muscle... the truth of the matter is, i have a lot more stability and strength on my left side than my right.

I'm there lying on my stomach. I have my right leg bent. I raise my leg, and she presses down on my hamstring... telling me to resist her so that my thigh doesnt end up contacting the bed. But i was unable to resist with my right leg. My right leg just flopping down against the bed sheet. She did the same EXACT thing with my left leg... and i was totally able to resist her pressure tho. CONCLUSION... my glute muscles on my right side is that much WEAKEr than my left... which also causes me to have a lack of stability on my right side. When I had to stand on one leg on my tippy toes... i just had a lot more stability on my left side compared to my right.

I REMEMBER, with my personal training session back than... my interest was being able to strengthen my left leg, particularly my quad muscles because I always viewed it as a lot smaller than my right. and I remember while I am doing these various exercises... the trainer commented how it seemed interesting... that i seemed to have more balance on my left leg compared to my right. but that issue was never really addressed. It was just a mere observation she made. And well... i feel with physical therapy the other day... they gave me a reason why my left side comes across as a lot more stable than my right. it just ended up opening my eyes and awareness more... making me go, WOW...

My UNPROFESSIONAL OPINION on my legs. I think my right quad muscles, i think its strength compensates for the weakness behind my legs. And my left leg, the back of my leg is a lot stronger cuz it compensates for the weakness with my quad muscle.

Anyways, as a part of my physical therapy - an exercise i am suppose to do on my own at home... is the one legged hip bridge in order to strengthen more my right glute muscles. Yeah, i went for physical therapy for my ANKLE, and here i am doing exercises to strengthen other parts of my body.... because well... i guess its all interconnected in a way. its an exercise i've done in gym class many times... and now its a movement i have to do in order to also help with my ankle stability.

i also have a couple of other ankle/feet exercises that i have to do, using this resistant band. when comparing ankle strength, my right ankle... just comes across as just weaker in general compared to my left...

anyways, i feel hopeful with this physical therapy experience. During my first visit... they gave me an ankle, lower leg massage... and ice treatment with these weird things that they taped on me.. that pulsated. i guess providing more blood flow to the area? I dunno... but it all felt good.

i just feel hopeful with this experience that this will be highly beneficial.. and that i will truly end up eventually becoming overall stronger because of this...

Tue, Dec. 12th, 2017, 05:16 pm
OMG, I have a partially torn ligament...

HOW the fuck did i end up running 26.2 miles
with a partially torn ligament??

yeah, saw my podiatrist today and he went over my MRI results...
and what has been causing me the debilitating/sharp pain
is my partially torn ligament.

GOOD NEWS, its just ONLy PARtIALLY TORN.
NOT fully torn.

anyways, no wonder I found myself having trouble in bodycombat class.
Found it PAINFul for my ankle. So, I held back and decided not to attend lately...
bodypump class is really the only class i've been taking since my marathon...
and I suppose now, its really the only class I will be taking for a while...

been getting back into weight training on my own.
I am slowly starting to get in the groove again
I gotta take it lightly and gradually increase weight a little at a time.

Anyways, LAST friday my ankle pain felt the WORST.
ended up limping most of my time at work.
but TODAY, the pain has subsided.

I am currently wearing a soft cast.
I have to wear it for an extra week.
AFter that, I need to participate in
a 6 week physical therapy session...

NO RUNNING for at least another additional month...
but no worries, I'll return back stronger...

Tue, Dec. 5th, 2017, 08:49 pm
sigh...

Ended up having another podiatrist appointment today. A month later after the marathon I still feel ankle pain. Apparently whatever type of injury I have is severe... as he recommended to get an mri done. I scheduled one for this friday. The last time I got an mri... which was my knee... I needed to get surgery done. I hope this is not the case with my ankle. But who knows. I just want my ankle to be fixed.

Also, the dr reapplied a soft cast on me. Its annoying cuz... I feel my foot cant fully move in such a way. But I realize its for the best.

i still put in my 3 mile elliptical training in. It felt unsatisfactory, but what can I do. I need to maintain my sense of aerobics somehow. Maybe I'll try something different and try rowing next time.

Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2017, 07:38 pm
Swimming issues...

Right so, today i was suppose to do a 30-60 minute run for my post marathon training. Since I am unable to run, and since I kinda got bored using the elliptical.. i decided to try the pool. and NOPE. I tried swimming regularly, and it turned out PAInful for my ankle. I couldnt kick with my legs while swimming.

So, what I ended up doing...
i ended up using this long tube thingy that i kinda floated on and just used my arms to move myself forward. I also ended up walking as fast as I could in the pool.. my pool just being only 4 feet deep, which ends up being perfect for me because i can then just walk the whole length back and forth. But anyways, i was in the pool for an hour and well... the experience felt unsatisfying to me tho.

What I want to do, is buy a pull buoy for my ankles.
I think that would give me more of a workout...
the experience feeling more substantial for me.

I can continue doing the elliptical if its just a few miles...
but If i am suppose to train for 60 minutes and so...
id rather train using a different form other than the elliptical.

Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2017, 06:57 am
POST Marathon thoughts...

I am not even too sure why I have neglected writing in here.
Despite my lack of silence...
I feel my whole marathon experience turned out to be life changing...
ALMOSt a month has gone by and sometimes I'm like...
DId i really run the NYC marathon??!!
DID i really run 26.2 miles??!
I'm 45.
its not as if I have this LONg history in running.
I just started only a couple of years ago.
Only participated in a few 5k races...
and BOOM, i ended up taking the challenge to run a marathon...
to this day, it feels like an amazing achievement.

I am currently feeling a set back...
As during my marathon training, i ended up spraining my ankle.
I had taken a week off of running.
but i think my ankle never fully healed.
PLUS the week of the marathon..
I had reinjured my ankle that tuesday.
DIdn't run all that week until Marathon Sunday.

the tuesday AFter the marathon, I ended up seeing a podiatrist.
He put a soft cast on me for 2 weeks
And I ended up wearing an ace bandage after that.
Almost 4 weeks later...
I haven't fully healed.
I feel somewhat concerned and made another foot dr appointment
and I will most likely end up getting an MRI done.
So yeah, after all this time after the marathon, I havent been running.
Week 3, I started a Post Marathon training program
and have been using the elliptical instead.
Less impact.

FURTHER more, I think the last few weeks of my marathon training...
I skipped going to gym class all together.
just feeling too tired and fatigued with the mileage.
and OMG, I feel like its been like over 2 months since
I took bodypump class
and I remember after the marathon
that first day that i returned back.
OMG, WEAK. OMG, even my warm up weight felt SO HEAVY.
EVEN last wednesday, I still felt not as strong...
40 lbs in the squat track felt heavy on my back.
like my mind gets boggled by the amount of weight I use to deal with in that class.
Its like, I ended up experincing de training...
and I feel it will take me some time to get back where I use to be.
and OH, i cant imagine taking grit strength...
havent taken the class in a while now...
and I KNOW, when I return back...
I am going to have to start out a lot lighter...
as I find myself, I am unable to exert myself
the way I use to..

at this time, bodypump is the only class I am willing to take.
but even then I go really light in that class at the moment...
maybe I'll take up cycling...
as all the other classes, its too much on my ankle.
my TOP priority is getting my ankle to heal..

DID i really run the NYC marathon?!
Yes, I DID! and i take a lot of pride in such accomplishment...
Due to the fact that I didnt imagine I would be able to do this....
I feel I have ended up developing BIGGER goals down the future.

I am just a beginner runner.
I have learned my mistakes from my first marathon experience...
and I would like to improve my second time around...

One of my long term goals is too run another marathon in 2020.
My first goal is to get a better time the second time around...
My second goal is to Boston Qualify..
as I would like to be able race in the Boston Marathon too...

in the meantime, my top priority is getting my ankle to full recovery
and next year, I would like to be able to learn how to run faster...
and I would like to beat my 5k PR...

Mon, Nov. 13th, 2017, 05:27 pm
OMG, I'm just not feeling for it...

Right so, I ended up recovering from my marathon experience...
and I was like, let me return to gym class...
I rarely look at gym class schedules...
but before leaving i decided to take a look
because I havent been to the gym in a while.
with the last few weeks of my marathon training...
I held back, and I wanted to take it more easy, particularly with my taper.
and OMG, AFTER my marathon...
I was just feeling too sore and devastated to do anything else.
so yeah, since I feel its been awhile i decided to take a look...

and OMG...
EVERYTHING has totally changed around.
NO GRIT STRENGTh.
and TOTALLy different instructors too.

at first i'm like..
OKAY, maybe they are substitutes...
but then i checked the following weeks...
and NOoooo...
its like the change ended up being PERMANENT...

it made me rethink this whole thing..

i may just end up going to englewood cliffs gym class instead tonight.
i mean, its just walking distance from my home..
i'm just not feeling for this new change...

Tue, Oct. 17th, 2017, 06:01 am
OMG, I slept right thru gym class...

after my 2o mile run...
i feel my muscles didn't feel all that particularly sore...
but I feel it took me a couple of days to still recover...

like wow, i just woke up...
from an 11 hour sleep...

Sat, Oct. 14th, 2017, 07:24 pm
My 20 mile run results...

too tired to go into writing my thoughts about it but yeah...
and overall good run this morning/afternoon..

3:29:51

1) 10:38:90

2) 10:12:08

3) 10:24:56

4) 10:24:43

5) 10:20:43

6) 10:16:57

7) 10:14:50

8) 10:12:25

9) 10:22:49

10) 10:09:63

11) 10:30:80

12) 10:23:66

13) 10:58:04

14) 10:28:63

15) 10:35:45

16) 10:58:58

17) 10:46:38

18) 10:47:09

19) 11:09:95

20) 10:17:05

Thu, Oct. 12th, 2017, 07:50 pm
My carb heavy 5 mile run...

for a ThurSDAy run, this is a very good time for me. As my third consecutive day of running has always felt the most challenging. But i have a 20 mile saturday run coming up. so, i started to carb load today to get prepared. LOTS of carbs. I had pancakes for breakfast. i had a morning store meeting today... ate a bagel with cream cheese and a croissant. drank orange juice. for lunch, i ended up having another bagel with chicken. and Oh yeah, I had this chocolate chip scone. I feel i need to keep mindful of that... i have always kinda stayed away or minimized my carbs... but with the mileage i've been packing on, i find carbs to be essential. gonna end up eating some more bread and have an egg sandwich...

speaking of bread, i already ended up finishing a whole loaf of bread this week. I bought another one today. anyways, a good run today, particularly it being a thursday run.

51:41:38

1 10:28:08
2 10:28:32
3 10:25:91
4 10:27:34
5 9:51:73

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